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The Sunday editorial did an excellent job of laying out the complexities of homelessness. To be sure, the camping sites along roads are often an eyesore. It is a real and serious problem. Unfortunately, Prop B will do absolutely nothing to decrease homelessness; it will just try to hide it. As the editorial made clear, most people experiencing homelessness are in the situation because of domestic violence, loss of a job, or poverty. None of these are voluntary actions. Plus, a number have mental health or addiction issues, which require treatment not jail. Prop B's fines and jail time would only increase the obstacles to getting off the street and into housing. Community organizations and the City have plans to address the issue which were knocked off track when Covid hit over a year ago. Let's give those programs a chance to work. Vote NO on Prop B.
King, Austin 4.19.21 AAS
How and why Texas became a Republican stronghold
Do you remember when Texas was Democratic, up until about the 1950s and 1960s? Now Texas is considered a Republican state.
Here’s what happened. After the Civil War the South never stopped thinking that black and brown people should remain subservient. The South used many ways to suppress rights of black and brown people including lynchings. But a Democratic Party President signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, and Texans never forgave the Democratic Party for betraying them. President Lyndon Johnson, when he signed those acts, predicted that angry Texans would migrate to the Republican Party. And migrate they did.
Once in control Tom Delay taught the Republican Party how to gerrymander to stay in power. And now Republicans are limiting the right to vote to maintain their grip on Texas. We all suffer as an out-of-touch small group of Republicans tread on us and our rights.
Karen Collins, Austin, Texas 4.30.21 AAS
SB 1529 is corruption in itself.
While we were (understandably) freaking out about Texas Republicans taking away voting rights, medical rights, and LGBTQ+ rights; scamming us out of education funding; failing to keep us safe in extreme weather; eliminating local control for cities showing too much humanity toward their residents; and mismanaging the pandemic, our Republican state senators have passed to the House State Affairs committee a bill creating a new, statewide appeals court that would supersede the Austin area’s majority-Democratic Third Court of Appeals.
So when we sue our Republican state officials here in Austin for the corruption and incompetence for which they’ve become nationally famous, the lawsuit could be appealed to a court full of Republicans, who, in true Republican fashion, would dutifully craft bad-faith, fallacious justifications for their allies’ misdeeds.
. 5.2.21 AAS